West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas passing by again

If we get word of orcas off West Seattle, we’ll always give you the heads-up – so you are hereby notified, we just got a text (206-293-6302 around the clock) about sightings “between Alki and Vashon, heading south.” As always, please share a comment (or text, or call) if you see them!

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5 Replies to "West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas passing by again"

  • Jim December 11, 2012 (9:54 am)

    Near the east coast of Vashon now, two or three miles south of the ferry dock, headed south.

  • Trileigh December 11, 2012 (10:24 am)

    Thanks for the update, Jim! I didn’t see them when I went out earlier; guess they must have been south of where I can see. Hopefully they’ll return north later today when it’s not raining.

    WSratsinacage, that was a cool video. Thanks for posting the link.

  • Bill December 11, 2012 (3:07 pm)

    Check out this BBC video on NPR.org of orcas hunting sea lions. Scan down through the article as it comes after the pidgeon hunting catfish.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/12/11/166865309/pigeon-interuptus-a-fish-that-hunts-pigeons-on-land

    • WSB December 11, 2012 (3:44 pm)

      Just to make sure everybody knows the difference:
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      Southern Resident Killer Whales – the ones we usually see here, especially this time of year – dine on fish, not marine mammals.
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      Other populations, especially the “transients” seen other times of year, are usually the seal (etc.) hunters.
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      Just a datapoint – and also an important one in distinguishing the populations (related also to the current petition to have the locals “de-listed” as an endangered species) … TR

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